Lauren Snider is one of VIPKid’s most enthusiastic teachers. She found success as both a teacher and a mentor to new teachers. What is more amazing is the fact that her successes came soon after she was first hired. Lauren shares why she has been such an effective mentor. She has learned from experience how to avoid the pitfalls that VIPKid applicants and new-hires can encounter. Even if you’re a veteran VIPKid teacher, you can learn so much from Lauren. We love her for her friendliness, her 100% positive attitude, and her willingness to help any teacher in need. 😍
VIPKID Referral ID: LAURE0151
LingoBus Referral ID: 8EFECB
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What companies do you teach for?
Only Team Orange (VIPKid)
Do you have an outside job – related or unrelated to teaching?
I am a homeschool mom.
How long have you been teaching?
I began teaching with VIPKid in April 2018.
Have you always taught? Or did you start out in another field entirely?
I started as a teacher. I taught ESL and First grade in Shenandoah, VA.
Tricks for staying alert:
I have never liked the taste of coffee, but I think that my morning shower at 5 a.m. pretty much does the trick!
What is your schedule like?
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday -6 a.m.-8:30 a.m. EST. Then I just teach odd classes here and there when I’m not busy. Usually Friday or Saturday night.
Favorite lesson (or level) to teach:
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Voice of VIP!!! I love the Fruit Ninja song!
Can you spot Lauren? Here’s a hint–she’s in the front row, left side!
Lauren and her family attended VIPKid Journey in Orlando in 2018. They met the world-famous Dino! Seen here, Lauren is with her daughter, Chloe, and son, Matthew.
What do you do between classes?
I usually check my phone, sometimes I eat a granola bar.
How do you use FeedbackPanda (what is your process)?
I have basically all regular students. Their information is already in the system. I bring it up, read it over to check for mistakes and send! I love that I’m done in less than 5 minutes!!!
Describe your feedback style/structure:
I always (well almost always) tell the parents that it was a pleasure to meet/see their student. Then, I write about what we did. If the student has anything to practice and then I close by thanking them for choosing me to be their child’s teacher.
Good feedback must contain…
something I did outside of the lesson like a challenge or something we discussed during free talk. For example “I challenged [name] to further discuss sea turtles, what they eat, and how they have babies. She/He did an excellent job!” or “I was happy to hear [name] enjoys swimming with her family!”
What do you like to see when checking the Teacher-to-Teacher Feedback (notes on students from teachers in the VIPKid/Gogokid portal)?
I like to know what the personality is of the student. If they are eager to learn vs a student that doesn’t want to be there. It helps me know if I will be teaching, entertaining, or something in between.
This looks like a fun game to play with online students!
Has FeedbackPanda helped you manage your job and personal life? Any specifics? (e.g. before and after)
Before FeedbackPanda, I really enjoyed leaving feedback for students, but I was losing so much time doing it. I always had to have my cell phone in front of me so that I could look through each slide and remember what the student said and did. I also wrote the same sentences over and over….”Thank you for choosing me as your teacher. If you liked my class, I would love your 5 apple feedback. Teacher Lauren WPU”…..I was so tired of typing that. I had a word document where I would cut and paste, but if I wasn’t at my work computer, I was starting from scratch. Where before, I took me about 15-20 minutes per student to do feedback, I can now do each on in less than 5 minutes! I love that!!! I can also save those repeated sentences and use them with just a quick click (Smart Sentence feature)! I love that feature!!!
What are your interests?
Feel free to elaborate! I love to sew. I am basically self-taught. I made a really cool 8 bit Mario quilt for my husband about 4 years ago for Christmas. That’s the biggest project I’ve ever done. I also like to crochet. I am probably best known for my love of finding deals!!! People always ask me if I know if a coupon or a code for this or that and I almost never let them down!! 😊
You’ve posted about LingoBus. Give us your thoughts on this program!
LingoBus is awesome!!! I wasn’t sure if my son would like learning Chinese, so I tried the demo and it has been fantastic! I have also learned so much!!! My son was even able to sing on stage at Journey Orlando with 4 other LingoBus students and 2 VIPKid students. They all sang the words to a Chinese poem!! My son was so proud of himself that he shared this poem with the students in his homeschool coop. It was certainly a proud mom moment!!! (Lauren’s son learns Chinese through LingoBus. Click here to use Lauren’s referral code.)
You’re a great mentor for VIPKid applicants and newbies. What’s your advice for others who are: applying, new, or veterans?
WELL! For starters, you should chat with me first so that I can get you through the hiring process the first time! Haha! I kid! If you don’t get through the first time, you’d be just like me!!! I was very disappointed to learn that they were not going to hire me because I failed the second mock class. However, here I am now!! I often coach people that weren’t able to get hired the first time. I love the challenge! If you are committed, I will help you get hired! As for advice….be yourself!!! Do worry that you aren’t just like this YouTube video that you saw, be yourself! I always tell people that we have every kind of student. That means that we need every kind of teacher!
Tell us about your experiences helping teachers through the process!
I love helping new teachers get hired. I decided that I wanted every new teacher to have the positive experiences that I’ve had since I began working for VIPKid, so I try to make their hiring experience special and let them know that I am available for them. Also, because I don’t do a ton of referring, I have been able to get to know my referrals! After they get hired, I sent them a big yellow envelope filled with lots of different 2D props that they can use in class and a personal note. This is just my way of saving them some money on ink (thank you HP instant ink!!!) and welcoming them to the VIPKid community. I also remain available to them after they are hired and try to check in after about 2-3 months to see that they are still doing well.